Val Poulton and Lucy

WHS looks to bring more resources for pet owners in the community

WHS looks to bring more resources for pet owners in the community Animals do not belong in shelters. We do what we can to provide the best care we can, but the shelter will never be a home. The process of surrendering a pet can be traumatizing and we don’t want this for pets or their owners. This is why the WHS Behaviour Department is working to further our community outreach, meeting people where they are with the resources they need. We talked to Val Poulton, the head of our Behaviour Department with over 20 years of animal behavioural experience, about … Continued

Honouring our Essential WHS Volunteers

Honouring our Essential WHS Volunteers It is National Volunteer Week and we wanted to take the opportunity to thank all our wonderful volunteers and shine a spotlight on the work they do. Our volunteers are the heart of what we do, and we can’t thank them enough. They are passionate about the work they do at the WHS, and we couldn’t do what we do to help the animals without them. More than 700 volunteers put in over 40,000 hours this last year to help the WHS. There are so many different kinds of volunteers at the WHS, from fosters, to … Continued

CEO Blog: More humanity, less hatred: Can we please listen to each other?

CEO Blog: More humanity, less hatred: Can we please listen to each other? Dear WHS Supporters and Friends, This post is lengthy, and it is in many ways deeply personal. As a CEO, my role is to represent the WHS, but certain events this week are prompting me to write to you first as a human and a proud Canadian; and then as the CEO. When I joined the Winnipeg Humane Society four years ago, I was fairly familiar with the rescue work the WHS performs, and the fact that our shelter and clinic assist over 9,000 pets every year. … Continued

WHS Education Corner: Becoming an Ambassador Dog

WHS Education Corner: Becoming an Ambassador Dog By: Richard Milbourne, Assistant Manager in Education Some people are shy. Some people get scared easily. Some don’t like to be touched. Some people are really friendly (you know, the ones who always want hug everyone!) and some people don’t always get along. We all have comfortable and uncomfortable social interactions and the same goes for dogs. Every dog has their own unique personality and their own way of dealing with social interactions. Some dogs will stand quietly and can appreciate when you pat them, others may back away from the situation, some will try … Continued

February Volunteer Profile: Rod Soviak

February Volunteer Profile: Rod Soviak In his seven years at the Winnipeg Humane Society, Rod Soviak has done a bit of everything, but his heart belongs to Animal Intake, where he’s spent most of his volunteer hours. Location was one of the factors that initially got Rod to start his volunteer service at the WHS. He worked nearby at Manitoba Hydro and lived in the neighbourhood. He felt comfortable helping at a local organization. Another factor in his decision to volunteer at the WHS was a life-long relationship with dogs and cats. “I really like dogs and cats,” he pointed … Continued

CEO Blog: How Bacon impacted the WHS… and more progressive changes coming

CEO Blog: How Bacon impacted the WHS… and more progressive changes coming   Spring is on the horizon and change is in the air! We’ve had a long, busy winter at the Winnipeg Humane Society, looking after animals in need. We’ve also been busy preparing to implement some new changes around the shelter, based on feedback from you, our friends and supporters. We’re excited to finally share them with you today. All three of these changes will go into effect on April 1st. Change #1: Helping pets and humans save their relationship It was just another day at the shelter … Continued

1001 Donations: Cathy’s Story

1001 Donations: Cathy’s Story Cathy was fighting for her life against the harsh winter we all experienced this year. She came to the WHS three weeks ago suffering from some of the worst frostbite we’ve ever seen all over her tiny body. She has frostbite damage on her feet, tummy, tail and back. The skin on her back is hard, dead, and peeling off. Most of her tail was dead and needed to be amputated. Cathy was immediately given strong medication to relieve her pain when she arrived. Her back feet suffered the most severe frostbite damage needing immediate attention. … Continued

1001 Donations: Gracie’s Story

1001 Donations: Gracie’s Story Gracie came to the WHS depressed and in very poor health. Her skin was saggy because she was severely underweight. You could count every vertebra down her back and see her hip and rib bones. She had demodex (tiny mites) causing skin infections, itchiness, odor, and hair loss. Gracie also couldn’t see. Gracie had “Double Cherry Eye” where the glands of her third eyelids were popped out blocking her vision. Because of this she had trouble walking around. WHS Veterinarian Dr. Youngs performed three surgeries to fix Gracie’s eyes, but each failed. The repair wouldn’t hold and … Continued

Behind the Scenes with our Investigations/Emergency Response Team

Behind the Scenes with our Investigations/Emergency Response Team This year, the Investigations/ Emergency Response (I/ER) department is hoping to shed more light on what it is that the department does. The I/ER team focuses on educating the public, protecting animals, and ensuring that they are receiving the proper care/ treatment that they need. The team consists of dispatchers, Emergency Responders and Animal Protection Officers. Dispatchers appropriately triage the calls that come through both the Emergency Line and Animal Welfare Line. Emergency Responders respond to a variety of emergencies, such as animals who have been hit by cars, and assist Animal … Continued

A Warning about Essential Oils and Your Pet

A Warning about Essential Oils and Your Pet In the past few months, the Investigations/Emergency Response (I/ER) department has seen an increase of people using holistic and home remedies on their animals; such as coconut oil, essential oils, mineral oils, etc. While people may have the best intentions, they often are causing more harm than good. Essential oils can cause chemical burn, irritation and itchiness when applied to an animal’s fur – and if ingested, it could lead to toxicity. Some animals are far more sensitive to essential oils than others due to their respiratory systems or because of grooming … Continued